We are in the thick of the school year, almost 2 months in, and it seems like summer was a lifetime ago. What a glorious summer we had! Here is a sampler of how we kept busy---
Fishing...lots and lots of fishing. This is one of my favorite pictures of summer. Audrey reels in the fish with her lucky pink rod, and William takes care of the rest.
Nora loves all fish, from the bait to the walleye!!
Cheetos and fishing, a perfect afternoon for Nora.
My William is growing into a fine fisherman!
Fishing at sunset is one of my favorite things.
Audrey's lucky rod proves itself once again!!!
On special occasions, the Husband even catches a fish or 2!
Mimi with her big catch (her really big catch got off the line, and she vows she will catch him again)!!
Nora won 3rd place in the Children's Division of our lake's fishing contest. She is so proud of her medal!!
....And I won the Guppy Award!!
We celebrated my sweet Grandma Iris's birthday....
....TWICE!! Bless her, she lets the kids put 'props' on her!
Some days we just hung out and enjoyed the sun.
Sometimes we read our library books in the tree fort.
We had lots of archery practice in the yard.
We got dressed up and danced on the piano bench.
Martha was required to dress up. She took it in stride.
We had fairies build a house in our rock garden. They would occasionally leave treasures for us to find!
We went to the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park. What an awesome place!!
The water was really high, but we were able to cross the river without incident!
We brought our bikes and enjoyed the fantastic trails within the park.
The Pumpers spent a weekend with us. We love when they come visit!! William enjoyed fishing with Jon!
The kids--Audrey, William, Ava, and Nora hanging out in the trees. (Stacy, how do I have no photos of us?!?!)
The Witcik family also paid us a visit. We did a little fishing.
Spent a little time hanging by the campfire.
We found out chalk gets really fun when wet!!
We got to hang out with the newest Witcik: Baby Charlie.
We hung out in Duluth and ate some good food.
But, most of our time was spent in the water!!
All 7 of the kids...
The BIG boys.
We've got goggles in hand, we can't wait until next summer!